The new year is here and with 2022 firmly behind us, we’re looking at key trends for electric underfloor heating in 2023.
2022 brought a number of industry developments, including the introduction of new Part L building regulations and a greater focus on renewables and a ‘greener’ future.
With expected repercussions of the Part L changes, the Net Zero target getting ever closer and an on-going cost-of-living crisis, 2023 is set to be just as eventful.
So, as leading suppliers of electric underfloor heating to the trade, we’ve summarised our predictions for key trends and developments for electric underfloor heating in 2023.
The effects of Part L building regulation changes
In June 2022, the UK government updated the Part L building regulations.
As part of their efforts to meet Net Zero targets, they outlined that all new homes must produce 31% fewer carbon emissions than was previously acceptable, while all commercial buildings must produce 27% fewer emissions.
In addition to this, the government’s Future Homes Standard plan dictates that emissions will be reduced even further by 2025.
Due to the energy efficiency of electric underfloor heating, these legislation changes have already resulted in increased demand.
Unlike a traditional boiler and radiator heating system, electric underfloor heating is suitable for low-carbon homes which are set to become the norm under the updated regulations.
Throughout 2023 and beyond, we expect this rise in demand to continue – especially as the changes set out for 2025 are getting closer.
Preparing for Net Zero with increased demand for electricity
The UK government has outlined its plans to reach carbon neutrality (Net Zero) by 2050.
As part of this goal, the government released their white paper ‘Powering Our Net Zero Future’, which identifies electricity as essential to the move away from fossil fuels – and subsequently achieving Net Zero.
Alongside clearly outlining that electricity is key to our future, this effectively condemns current gas boilers as unsuitable, therefore paving the way for electricity to become the main contender for powering the UK’s heating.
Subsequently, we’re expecting more and more people to opt for electric heating solutions – and electric underfloor heating is already proving to be a popular choice.
As it is suited to new-build homes, renovations and commercial spaces, electric underfloor heating is likely to be a vital component for those preparing for a Net Zero future throughout 2023.
A spotlight on sustainability
In preparation for Net Zero 2050, we’re expecting the focus on sustainability as well as renewable energy to grow even further in 2023.
In fact, over 40% of the UK’s electricity is currently generated by renewable sources and the International Energy Agency predicts that renewable energy will overtake coal by as early as 2025.
Increasingly, electric underfloor heating is paired with renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or heat pumps. As we move towards a more sustainable future, we’re expecting even more electric underfloor heating systems to be run using renewable sources.
As a result of the widespread green agenda, tradespeople have become even more focused on sustainability which is likely to continue in 2023.
A 2022 Rated People study revealed that 63% of tradespeople actively make climate conscious decisions, such as recommending and using more eco-conscious products.
Electric underfloor heating can help tradespeople go greener due to its energy efficiency and compatibility with eco-friendly legislation, making it likely to be a key part of tradespeople’s sustainability efforts in 2023.
Cutting costs in a cost-of-living crisis
2022 saw the start of a cost-of-living crisis, part of which was caused by an unprecedented rise in wholesale gas and electricity prices.
This resulted in rising heating bills for people across the UK, meaning many households were making dedicated efforts to save money and energy.
With energy costs predicted to rise again – and government help towards bills in jeopardy – 2023 is likely to see even more cost-cutting as consumers search for ways to reduce their usage and improve their home’s energy efficiency.
As electric underfloor heating is more cost effective and energy efficient than a traditional boiler and radiator heating system – as well as cheap and easy to install – we’re predicting that households will make the switch to cut costs on their heating bills in the long run.
2023 is set to be an eventful year for electric underfloor heating.
The effects of Part L changes and Net Zero targets are likely to be beneficial for the electric underfloor heating market this year.
Plus, as both consumers and the trade adapt to a more electricity-focused and sustainable world – and with cost-cutting in mind – demand for electric underfloor heating is likely to increase.
How can Amber Underfloor Heating help you in 2023?
Here at Amber Underfloor Heating, we supply efficient and effective electric underfloor heating to tradespeople across the UK.
Backed with over 30 years’ experience, we’re trusted by our comprehensive network of stockists which includes wholesalers, distributers and kitchen, bathroom and tile showrooms throughout the country.
As well as our unique range of Amber branded products, we are the UK and Ireland’s leading supplier of DEVI products.
To find out more about our electric underfloor heating range get in touch – or for more information about becoming an Amber stockist, click here.